57 days in Australia, New Zealand & Tokyo Itinerary

57 days in Australia, New Zealand & Tokyo Itinerary

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57 days in Australia, New Zealand & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 24 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
2
Perth, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
3
Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Adelaide, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
7
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
8
Nelson, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Wellington, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
10
New Plymouth, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h
11
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: London, United Kingdom


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24
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Get some cultural insight at Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kashima Jingū Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau (in Enoshima), Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), & more) and Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katori Jingu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Naritasan Omote Sando, and take a stroll through Ueno.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Perth.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Katsuura, Tateyama, Kamakura, Isumi, Atami
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

3
nights
Perth, Australia

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Matilda Bay Reserve, look for gifts at Aspects of Kings Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George's Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Nostalgia Box Museum, then stroll through City Beach, then kick back and relax at Rockingham Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Point Peron.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Perth itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Tokyo to Perth in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Perth. Traveling from Tokyo in August, expect Perth to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 9°C. You will leave for Brisbane on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Rockingham, Matilda Bay Reserve, City Beach
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Matilda Bay Reserve ©
Matilda Bay Reserve
City Beach ©
City Beach
Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach

3
nights
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, then stroll around Daisy Hill Conservation Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at D'Aguilar National Park.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip planning website .

You can fly from Perth to Brisbane in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Daisy Hill Conservation Park
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Daisy Hill Conservation Park ©
Daisy Hill Conservation Park
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

3
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Circle Walk. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. There's much more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Bronte Beach, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney online road trip planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in August, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Manly, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bronte Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

3
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Brighton Beach and St Kilda Pier will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Patrick's Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Degraves Street, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at ArtVo, and explore the engaging exhibits at Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online day trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In August, Melbourne is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Mon) before leaving for Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brighton Beach
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

3
nights
Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Francis Xavier Cathedral. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Waterfall Gully, get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, then get lost in a book at State Library of South Australia, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Adelaide trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Adelaide

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gorge Wildlife Park, Langmeil Winery
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Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Waterfall Gully ©
Waterfall Gully

3
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Corsair Bay, look for all kinds of wild species at Hinewai Reserve, then contemplate the long history of Ferrymead Heritage Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Port Hills. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), then trek along Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk, and finally pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch day trip planning website .

You can fly from Adelaide to Christchurch in 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. In August, Christchurch is little chillier than Adelaide - with highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hinewai Reserve
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Hinewai Reserve ©
Hinewai Reserve
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)

3
nights
Nelson, New Zealand

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Do some cultural sightseeing at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum and Nelson Provincial Museum. Get in touch with nature at Tahunanui Beach and Brook Waimarama Sanctuary. When in Nelson, make a side trip to see Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve in Havelock, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Pro Karts, stroll through Railway Reserve, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nelson tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Christchurch to Nelson in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Wellington.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
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Tahunanui Beach ©
Tahunanui Beach
Brook Waimarama Sanctuary ©
Brook Waimarama Sanctuary

3
nights
Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Visiting Safaris and Paraparaumu Beach will get you outdoors. Bolton Street Cemetery and Cape Palliser Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wellington: Peka Peka Beach (in Waikanae) and Poppies Martinborough (in Martinborough). There's more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Nelson to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Wellington are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cape Palliser Lighthouse, Poppies Martinborough, Paraparaumu Beach, Peka Peka Beach
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Safaris
Poppies Martinborough ©
Poppies Martinborough

3
nights
New Plymouth, New Zealand

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Te Henui Cemetery and Hurworth Cottage. Step out of the city life by going to Opunake Beach and Rotokare Scenic Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Dawson Falls (in Egmont National Park) and Taranaki Pioneer Village (in Cardiff). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Oakura Beach, trek along Te Henui Walkway, stroll through Back Beach, and make a trip to Port Taranaki Walkway.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the New Plymouth trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Wellington to New Plymouth by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Auckland.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rotokare Scenic Reserve, Opunake Beach, Dawson Falls, Taranaki Pioneer Village, Oakura Beach
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:
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Rotokare Scenic Reserve ©
Rotokare Scenic Reserve
Taranaki Pioneer Village ©
Taranaki Pioneer Village
Port Taranaki Walkway ©
Port Taranaki Walkway

3
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Howick Historical Village and Manukau Heads Lighthouse. Step off the beaten path and head to Orewa Beach and Tawharanui Regional Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Soljans Estate Winery (in Kumeu), Parry Kauri Park (in Warkworth) and Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bethells Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Browns Bay Beach, and work some fitness into your day at Nelson Street Cycleway.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from New Plymouth to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Warkworth, Soljans Estate Winery, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Orewa Beach, Browns Bay Beach
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Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach

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